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Mark Hughes is a massive get for Fulham!

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Manchester City manager Mark Hughes reacts during the Barclays Premier League game between Manchester City and Sunderland at City of Manchester Stadium on December 19, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Bill GardnerContributor IJuly 29, 2010

The Fulham message boards are lighting up with jubilation over the Cottagers signing of a new manager, and not just any manager Mark Hughes.

Despite denials by his agent as recently as yesterday that Hughes was in contact with Fulham. The early morning hours saw news of the agreement begin leaking out.

Congratulations to all those involved for learning the lesson of the far too public Martin Jol episode.  

Ok, now that he has put pen to paper, the reality of the situation facing him is surely dawning on Mr. Hughes.

His best player wants to go to Arsenal, leaving him without­ an experienced Keeper.

The youth system at­ Fulham is not exactly stocked with talent and did I mention he's got 15­ days to whip a squad into shape. A squad he's had­ no say in putting together.

Of course those are the least of his problems.

Every Fulham first team player is over 25 years of age and several, including Damien Duff and Danny Murphy are seemingly held together with paste and duct tape.

Fulham also lack the depth to replace any of their starters when injuries strike.

By leaving the hire so late, Mr. Al Fayed has given his new manager no time to put together a new squad and if rumours are true no funds either.

Now I am sure Mr. Hughes is familiar with Fulham’s side and he is a proven manager at this level, but two weeks to find a new goal keeper, and get a side ready for the Premiership season is a lot to ask.

Yes, Fulham have been in training already but don’t expect Mark Hughes come in and not change the tactics.   

Now I think Hughes was a terrific get. Better than Martin Jol, but his job is­ massive.

If he can get Fulham through the January transfer­ window in contention to stay up he should be knighted or at least given an extension.  

Best of Luck to Mark Hughes and the Cottagers this term I have enjoyed watching the teams rise from the lower divisions, and who will ever forget the run to the Europa League Final last year? 

While I don’t expect miracles early on, I will be watching with fingers and toes crossed just in case it helps.

I have always thought­ Hughes would be the next manager at United when Sir Alex­ goes off to save Scotland's National Side in his­ retirement. Of course I am dreaming, but that’s what we Scots do.



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